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Issue #18 - Tuesday 24th August - FREE

PLEASANCE’s ‘BEST JOKES OF THE FRINGE’

“I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.” Tim Vine Pleasance acts have emerged triumphant from Dave’s Best Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe award. Tim Vine picked up the top award for a joke featured in his show The Jokeamotive, and many other Pleasance comedians featured in the Top 10 list. Tim Vine, who won the Perrier Newcomer Award here at the Festival in 1995, was presented the award by comedy TV channel, Dave. The winning joke was “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.” With around 250 gags in this year’s show, Tim could be said to have

taken a scatter gun approach to the competition. “That’s not the best joke of my show” clarifies Tim. His favourite is actually: “I’ve just been to Sooty’s bbq, I had a sweepstake.” Tim reveals that the key to a successful joke is to “try everything out in front of an audience”. Having once held the world record for most jokes told in one hour, this is a technique that Tim Vine loyally adheres to. Eight judges from Dave saw around sixty performances each, before selecting their favourite 24 jokes. These then went out to a public vote in order to ascertain the final ten.

Coming in at third place, Emo Philips causes a stir with his joke: “I picked up a hitch hiker. You’ve got to when you hit them.” Following him in fourth, Jack Whitehall has been telling audiences: “I bought one of those anti-bullying wristbands when they first came out. I say ‘bought’, I actually stole it off a short, fat ginger kid.” Gary Delany picked up two positions, with jokes at fifth and eighth place: “As a kid I was made to walk the plank. We couldn’t afford a dog”; and “Dave drowned. So at the funeral we got him a wreath in the shape of a lifebelt. Well, it’s what he would have wanted.” Fringe sensation Bo Burnham also entered the top 10 at seventh with his snappy joke: “What do you call a kid with no arms and an eyepatch? Names.” Unfortunately, Pleasance’s success in the main awards were balanced by acts’ inclusion in the “Worst Jokes of the Fringe” selection. Sara Pascoe, John-Luke Roberts and Dan Antopolski were all called out for including cringe-worthy gags. Emo Phillips spanned both boundaries by featuring in both the Best and Worst Jokes list. Tim Vine’s victory topples last year’s winner Dan Antopolski. Dan’s joke, however, still lives on: “Hedgehogs – why can’t they just share the hedge?”

MORE INSIDE... » Interview with Anna Holbek, » Jokes by Bo Burham (left) and Emo Philips (right) featured in the Top 10 list

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writer of Fair Trade Original flyering tips from Late Night Gimp Fight Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets


INTERVIEW: ANNA HOLBEK, WRITER OF FAIR TRADE Is human trafficking really a British problem? Yes. Massively. I mean, it’s a global problem. It’s up there with drugs and arms, and is the fastest growing illegal trade in the world. We’re getting really concerned about events like the world cup in Africa, which saw a massive increase in women being shipped over. The same was true for the Winter Olympics in Canada, the Olympics in Athens and potentially the London Olympics in 2012 as well. But it is a problem across the UK too. How did you come across the issue? After leaving drama school three years ago I worked on a film set, before very bizarrely ending up providing singing lessons for Emma Thompson. She introduced me to a

campaign she was doing about sex trafficking, a big installation. It made me ashamed that I knew almost nothing about this thing that was happening right on our doorstep. And most of my friends knew almost nothing either. I decided to start writing a script along with my friend Shelley Davenport, and Emma gave us the numbers of two girls, Elena and Samai, who we were able to interview for real stories. It gave the play much more of an impact for us. How were those meetings? We were very naïve. We had this idea that we were meeting girls who had been councilled, and who were building up their lives again, and it totally wasn’t the case. Especially with Samai, who had been

Let’s face it. Flyering can be an interminable, souldestroying experience designed to slowly break your spirit until you wish you’d never brought a show up to the Fringe. The punters are bored of it and the flyerers don’t want to be doing it. It’s awful. Unless... If you can think up an inventive way of flyering that fits with the tone of your show and, crucially, you don’t mind doing... it can not only reap rewards in terms of audience figures, but can start a word-of-mouth buzz

may even start to enjoy doing it. We discovered this after someone came up with the idea of flyering in gimp masks, on dog leads. One member of LNGF is the gimp, and one is the master. The gimp wears the mask, holds the flyers and is not allowed to talk. The master drags the gimp around the Pleasance Courtyard on a lead and pitches the show to people. He can also leave the gimp with punters to look after/ spank (whichever they prefer) and pose with the

diagnosed with HIV. Elena has a real strength to her and has now got herself out of prostitution and into a new job – she has managed to escape. Most of the girls get broken down and can’t pick themselves back up. How do you address the topic and respond to it? We talk about it openly. It feels very real. But there’s no nudity, and you don’t see us beaten to the ground. Instead, we do everything stylistically, which was a

very conscious choice. We definitely didn’t want the shock factor. Personally, that turns me off and I stop listening to what is actually happening. Our aim is to inform people, although we find that many people are extremely moved by the gained knowledge. I guess that’s the right response. Emma Thompson Presents: Fair Trade Pleasance Dome 4-30 Aug 15:30

gimp for photos. All in all it’s a fun and effective way of reinventing an otherwise laborious process, and seems to be working better than ever this year. So if you see any

gimps wandering around the courtyard... feel free to give them a spank! Late Night Gimp Fight Pleasance Courtyard 4-29 Aug 23:00

Masked gimps revolutionise flyering around your show and you


WIN WILLY WONKA’s Golden ticket

Edinburgh is like a separate planet in August, with it’s own solar-system I reckon. No other news from far away lands like London, America, or the rest of the world, manages to sneak through. It’s all about the festival shows. In my case, comedy shows. Specifically my show, called Willy Wonka Explained: The Veruca Salt Sessions, an adults-only look at child stars, nostalgia, childhood, and the proof that dreams can come true. My dream since I first saw the original Wonka film, starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, when I

was five years old, has been to meet Veruca Salt (as superbly portrayed by the then child-actress Julie Dawn Cole). I made this dream come true, but only after much personal tragedy and triumph. People simply cannot believe that the real Vercua Salt (the now grown-up actress Julie Dawn Cole) is starring in my show as herself. They meet her on the streets of Edinburgh and clamour for photographs, and autographs, and first hand accounts of Wonka’s Golden Tickets. All these answers are available in

our show, at 7pm every night in The Pleasance Courtyard. We are having the time of our lives, and you will too. Get rushed back to your childhood for an hour of wonder, with tales from Willy Wonka. Just like in the book and movie, there are Golden Tickets available. Our ones entitle the lucky winners to free tickets for the show. To be in with a chance of winning, find a friendly EdCom flyerer in the Pleasance Courtyard and make an enquiry. Sending your minions along to find

Pleasance In Pictures @ThePleasance #pleasancetimes RT @ThePleasance BOOK NOW! The Special Reserve Comedy Benefit with Jack Whitehall, Greg Davies, Tim Key, Idiots of Ants & MORE

Gabrielle Motola’s photograph of Merrill Grant, who is performing at the Pleasance at Ghillie Dhu until 30 Aug Photographer Gabrielle Motola has collected a visual record of the Pleasance festival 2010. Tasked with snapping all that is Pleasance, from shows to staff, production shots to behind the scenes, Gaby has amassed

an impressive collection of photographs. In addition to those already featured in this very publicaiton, you can find a wide selection online at edfringe2010. wordpress.com. Look out for updates coming soon too.

RT @FelicityWard @sarahbennetto This was lovely. Everyone should get along to Storytellers’ at @ThePleasance Ark. Lovely room. Lovely audience. Lovely host. RT @Theatreworkout “Ballad of Backbone Jo“ by Suitcase Royal @ Pleasance Courtyard: wonderfully surreal and playful

one a la Veruca is strongly frowned upon. Mathew Hardy: Willy Wonka Explained Pleasance Courtyard 4-29 Aug 19:00

RT @Mcneilpamphilon I (Steve) am in Itch: a scratch event, 2pm, pleasance courtyard mon/wed/thu/fri this wk.Doing a gr8 bit with phil cornwell&hatttie hayridge RT @kevinhunterday Unexpected pleasure - Matt Hardy and the one and only Verruca Salt (sorry, Julie) in a two hander at The Pleasance. Loved it. RT @Natmetcalfe Go see @stuforgrownups show at 7.30pm @ Pleasance Dome & The Sunday Defensive @ 4.45pm @ the Pleasance Hut. I bloody loved the pair of them!


TUESDAY 24th BEST OF EDINBURGH: THE SHOWCASE SHOW Pleasance Courtyard 13:10 MC JO CAULFIELD DANNY WARD ANDREW CLOVER ADDY VAN DER BORGH PETE JOHANSSON Just for Laughs Showcase Pleasance Dome 22:40 Host Jarred Christmas Marlon Davies Hannah Gadsby Delete The Banjax Carey Marx Henning When And more!

RONNA AND BEVERLY Pleasance Courtyard 17:45 Guy Pratt Ali Cook

WEDNESDAY 25th

TALES FROM THE CROWโ€™s NEST Pleasance Courtyard 23:00 Rachel Rose Reid Naomi Alderman Hardeep Singh Kohli VIVE LE CABARET Pleasance at Ghillie Dhu 21:30 Desmond Oโ€™Connor (host) Frank Sinazi The Segue Sisters Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer Pippa the Ripper Peekaboo Pointe (NYC) Tom Kat Gypsy Charms

SPECIAL RESERVE COMEDY BENEFIT Pleasance Courtyard 22:30 Jack Whitehall Greg Davies Tim Key Id iots of Ants Daniel Simonsen Tim Fitzhigham

Please note that all line-ups are subject to change. Check the Box Office for the latest information.

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